Exploring Fact and Fiction Through Film
In this workshop, the infamous Parker-Hulme Murder Case that shocked New Zealand
in 1954 will be used as a case in point to illustrate how it can be effectively
explored in the Language Arts classroom via a close study of historical texts
and its realization in film art, namely Peter Jackson’s film Heavenly Creatures
(1994) and dramatic art, Michaelanne Forster’s play Daughters of Heaven (1992).
The presenter will outline dramatic filmic and literary strategies, for
analyzing the murder and its socio-cultural implications by considering the
historical context of 1950s Christchurch and the subtext of literature of
varying text types written in response to the event. In addition, he will probe
the methods and motivations of the murder; the methods and motivations for both
the film and play (which are conversely very different); the essential
differences between theatre and film; and most importantly, the often tenuous
and uneasy relationship between factual events and work based on factual events.
The workshop will explore the distinctions we draw between fiction and
non-fiction film genres and how the above strategies may be applied to other
learning outcomes in Language Arts.
Ken Mizusawa is currently the Subject Head of Language Arts and English
Coordinator for the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) at Dunman High School. He
designed and implemented the new Language Arts curriculum with the launch of the
Dunman High Programme (DHP) in 2005, a new six-year school-based programme
leading to the GSCE ‘A’ Level Examinations. Language Arts is designed to foster
language competence alongside critical and creative thinking through the
interdisciplinary context of film, theatre, philosophy, politics and literature.
“Very engaging, well-prepared, intellectually provoking.” - Pang Hsin Hsiang
“References to practical issues pertaining to students’ learning and teachers’
teaching process, ie: exams. I like how the instructor brings back the essence
of the workshop to how it can add value to the students’ learning process and
preparation for exams.” - Norfudlana Mayatim, Broadrick Secondary School
Date & Time
04 Jun 2009 (Thu) 9:30am – 2:00pm
Price (inclusive of lunch) $120
($110 for early bird discounts)
National Volunteer & Philantrophy Centre (NVPC)
Venue: MPH2, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
The Central, #04-88, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
To register, please call or email us to obtain the registration form.
Register by 11 May 2009 to qualify for the early bird discount.
acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
Tel: 6777 3243
Fax: 6543 1643
Contact Person: Ethan or Jiayun
Payment can be made by cheque (payable to Asian Film Archive) or GIRO within 30
days after the workshop. A penalty of the full cost of the workshop(s) will be
imposed on participants who registered but did not attend the workshop(s).
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